Category Archives: original painting

XL Pipeline nightmares

After "The painter of Light":  Fading Light, 16" x 20" oil

(After “The painter of Light”) “Fading Light”, 16″ x 20″ oil


The thought that the XL Pipeline may be approved as a part of the current budget “negotiations” scares me to death. It’s been on my mind for quite a while now and I did this satirical painting about it recently. It’s marvelous therapy. The Thomas Kinkade appropriation seems just about right to depict the whitewashing of the project by those that stand to make millions off it while destroying the earth. What a despicable mess. I hope common sense will trump greed this time.

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Copy of Velazquez's Madonna finished

“The Immaculate Conception” after Velazquez, 16″ X 20″ oil on canvas

It’s usually a good learning experience to copy the masters and one of my all time favorite painters is Velazquez. I worked on this in one of my classes at Maitland Art Center recently and had intended to do some more things to it, although I wasn’t quite sure what. It was done in the style of grisaille and I never quite got back to it after my last post on glazing. I finally feel it’s time to let it go. After a while, interest and momentum tends to dissipate, boredom sets in and an unfinished painting (or one that you feel is unfinished) can become a sort of albatross around the neck, zapping energy. The painting served it’s purpose and I learned quite a bit from it. There will always be more paintings and learning experiences waiting in the wings.

Copy of Velazquez’s Madonna finished

“The Immaculate Conception” after Velazquez, 16″ X 20″ oil on canvas

It’s usually a good learning experience to copy the masters and one of my all time favorite painters is Velazquez. I worked on this in one of my classes at Maitland Art Center recently and had intended to do some more things to it, although I wasn’t quite sure what. It was done in the style of grisaille and I never quite got back to it after my last post on glazing. I finally feel it’s time to let it go. After a while, interest and momentum tends to dissipate, boredom sets in and an unfinished painting (or one that you feel is unfinished) can become a sort of albatross around the neck, zapping energy. The painting served it’s purpose and I learned quite a bit from it. There will always be more paintings and learning experiences waiting in the wings.

New artwork from my journal

…That’s Amore, 9″ x 12″, mixed media acrylic painting

I decided to get a “real” journal with a nice cover and good paper and start “journaling.” Just maybe something might develop into an idea for a good painting (hope). The thing was amazingly expensive, but with my 40% off coupon from Michael’s it was bearable. Now if I can get over the fear of ruining it. I’ve got two pages semi-done. Here’s the first one which Jerry said looks like pizzas. Who knows, maybe subconsciously I was hungry for a nice veggie cheese on thin crust. It sounds pretty good right now. Better go eat.

New abstract painting

8″ x 10″ acrylic painting on Masonite

After finally getting the art room into decent shape where I can walk around and find things, I’m now trying to finish some unresolved paintings. I’ve worked and worked this painting (like most every one I have), but–surprise!–suddenly I began to like it today. I put a coat of white gesso over most of it and cut into it with my favorite brushes–which aren’t really brushes but vinyl-tipped painting sticks. It started to get away from me again when I started working on the two eye-like spots, but I forced myself to stop. My OCD tendencies aren’t easy to control sometimes.

New Cat Painting

Gradycakes” (as we like to call him)

Today was rainy and cold–maybe cool to upstate people :-)–and not good for much but surfing (way, way too long) and working on painting. I’m still working on painting fur. After my unsatisfying experience painting Marley, I wanted to try and capture Grady’s silky coat. He’s a short hair cat, but his fur is surprisingly soft and silky. I certainly have enough subjects around here to practice my fur painting techniques on, but I’m far and away more competent in picking up fur on the floor. Tomorrow is always another day.

New original flamingo painting

8″ x 10″, acrylic on masonite
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